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Interchange – April 2020

Interchange: MIZ + HES = IMPACT


HES Makes an Impact in Response to COVID 19

HES faculty and staff are using their skills to help our communities confront COVID-19 challenges. Click here to see how HES is helping produce protective masks, meals for health care workers, aid for social service agencies, financial tips, and so much more!

Grants and Contracts

In the period between Nov 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020, HES and HES Extension faculty and staff were principal investigators or project directors on a total of 40 grant proposals submitted to external funding agencies, totaling $6,607,232. During this same time, HES and HES Extension received 29 grant awards totaling $11,280,255.

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Awards and Honors

Congratulations to our award-winning faculty for their Herculean effort to convert classes from face-to-face to on-line. Also, a shout out to Briana Johnson, Academic Technology Liaison, and many others who as a team continue to bring MU HES programs to students.

We would also like to recognize our MU HES IT pros who are keeping us all connected and productive through this trying time: Jonathan Weng, Joyce McReynolds, and Amber Francis. In the next few months, the College of Human Environmental Sciences web page will be updated to match that of the University of Missouri.

Several of our students received awards in March 2020:

Mizzou 39In the spirit of service that was the cornerstone of the 1839 founding of the University of Missouri, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou ’39 Award to 39 outstanding seniors each year. Chosen for their academic achievement, leadership and service to Mizzou and the community, the honorees represent a variety of majors, activities and organizations from across campus. Each winner also chooses a faculty or staff member to recognize as their adviser throughout their college career.

Hannah FarleyHannah Farley
Major: Textile and Apparel Management
Hometown: West Des Moines, IA
Activities/Honors: 2019 Homecoming Steering Committee Tri-Director, 2018 Homecoming Steering Committee, Fashion Scholarship Fund Scholar, Tour Team, Chi Omega Fraternity, Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor
Mentor: Jaime Mestres

Mizzou 18In the spirit of service, first modeled by the University’s founding families in 1839, the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou 18 Award. This award is dedicated to honoring 18 University of Missouri graduate and professional students in the last year of their degree eligibility.

Chosen for their world-class research, collaboration with faculty and staff, and their demonstrated leadership with undergraduate students, the honorees represent a variety of majors, activities and organizations from across campus. Each recipient also chooses a faculty or staff member to be recognized for the impact they have made in the lives of MU students.

Lida AflatoonyLida Aflatoony
Area of Study: Textile & Apparel Management
Hometown: Tehran
Activities/Honors: GPC Representative for TAM, President of the Iranian Students Association (ISA) at Mizzou
Mentor: Dr. Kristen Morris

Rory CunninghamRory Cunningham
Area of Study: Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
Hometown: Galway, Ireland
Activities/Honors: Co-founder of “Exercise is Medicine” on campus
Mentor: R. Scott Rector

Jessica OsazeJessica Osaze
Area of Study: Social Work
Hometown: Benin City, Nigeria
Activities/Honors: Graduate Research Assistant, Sexual Health Peer Educators President/ Founder, Mizzou 2 Clinician, Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic (IBHC) Mable Rumburg-Meites Social Work Scholar Rintha Mary Carter Social Work Scholar
Mentor: Dr. Kelli Canada

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Rebecca Mott Nominated for AAAE Outstanding Dissertation

Rebecca MottRebecca Mott, Assistant Extension Professor, is the MU nominee for American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) Outstanding Dissertation, Spring 2020. She works with the Missouri AgrAbility and Integrated STEM Internship Program.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs

Catherine PetersonDr. Catherine Peterson is the new Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs as of March 1, 2020. Dr. Peterson is also an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.

Dear faculty and staff:

As you know, we have been working on re-structuring and re-envisioning the central Office of Student Services in HES. A Task Force worked on this issue beginning late summer and completed their work in December of 2019 with the issuance of a comprehensive and well-conceived report and set of recommendations.

We have now completed the first step in the process to build an office that will provide more comprehensive and continued exceptional service to our students, our units, the college, and the campus for the foreseeable future. I am pleased to announce the hire of Dr. Catherine Peterson, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, as the inaugural Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Programs in HES. This is a .50FTE position and will begin on March 2. Among Dr. Peterson’s major responsibilities will be to provide leadership over all functions of what will become our Office of Undergraduate Academic Support, including college-level efforts aimed at student advising, student development, career services, and recruitment.

I am so happy that Dr. Peterson has stepped up to this challenge as she brings an incredible set of experiences and expertise to the Associate Dean’s position. She has more than twenty years of teaching at Mizzou. For the last dozen years has been the Director of Undergraduate Studies for NEP, and Director of their Undergraduate Research Internship program since 2010. She has extensive advising experience and is a rare individual who has won two HES Distinguished Faculty Awards, for Teaching and for Service. Importantly, she has wide-ranging experience with student affairs, advising, and curriculum at both unit and campus levels, including service as the Chair of the Mizzou’s Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Peterson to her new role in HES!

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Dr. Sandy Rikoon
Dean, College of Human Environmental Sciences
Curators Distinguished Professor of Rural Sociology
Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security

Provost Update on Dean Search

Latha Ramchand, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, announced on Monday, March 23, via email to the College, that an interim dean will be sought and the national search for a Dean of Human Environmental Sciences will begin Fall 2020. She outlined the process for nominating an interim dean in her email. Associate Provost Mathew Martens will be the point of contact for the nominations. Nominations are to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. April 15, 2020.

Mission: The College of Human Environmental Sciences addresses human needs and enhances individual and family life in a diverse and global society by conducting advanced research, preparing professionals and providing outreach.
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